Joint Waste Minimization Coordinator Conference Call and Sustainability Support Bi-monthly Conference Call Minutes from the Thursday, 1/27/00 Call
Introduction and P2 Program Vision - Kent Hancock (301-903-1380) email@example.com
Kent discussed the status of the P2 Program (EM-22) under the new Office of
Integration and Disposition, headed by Dave Huizenga. Kent pointed out that the
�new model" for the P2 program is one of a policy office only with
minimal money being allocated from HQ to the line organizations. This has been
apparent in the last budget cycle with large cuts in program dollars and P2
Kent and staff are trying to secure more money and personnel in FY 2000 and
beyond by teaming with Mr. Huizenga and Dan Reicher on a P2/E2 Task Force
approved by the Deputy Secretary. The Task Force will be assembled for a
three-month time-frame and will be charged with identifying methods for the DOE
Field Offices to use when trying to meet P2 and E2 goals with limited budget and
staff. The Task Force has not been assembled at this point, but hopes are high
that the team will meet soon.
In the meantime, Kent offered some hope to the field by explaining that a
portion of the funds that were held back in the general reduction to the FY 2000
budget have been released (50%) and will be distributed to the field based upon
the identification of critical P2 funding needs. Attached to the minutes is the
memorandum from Kent explaining the critical needs identification process and
examples of critical needs. These needs must be identified by February 15, 2000
and submitted to Greg McBrien.
Kent also stated that the FY 2001 budget will be administered through the
Oakland Operations Office. Details will be forthcoming.
P2 Conference; Wrap-up of P2 in Cleanup, Stabilization and Decommissioning (CSD)
Focus Track - Courtney Manrod - Courtney Manrod, Bechtel-Jacobs, Oak Ridge;
The 1999 P2 conference was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico November 15-19,
1999. The conference theme was "Moving Towards a Pollution-Free DOE".
There were seven focus tracks which included; energy efficiency and P2,
P2 during cleanup and deconstruction, waste reduction, affirmative procurement,
P2 in design, water efficiency, and reduction in air emissions. Information
about the conference can still be found at http://p2.sandia.gov
Courtney provided a brief synopsis of the Focus Track on P2 in CSD. The
entire conference Focus Track write-ups can be found attached to these minutes.
Courtney pointed out that the focus track was very well attended by a variety of
site personnel. Many new faces were in attendance and brought forth fresh ideas
and concepts. The goal of enhancing the incorporation of P2 and waste
minimization into CSD activities was accomplished by discussing key
opportunities, tools, and barriers which help or hinder the integration process.
These points are highlighted in the attachment.
The recommendations will be used as a road map for future activities in the
Sustainability Support area. Several recommendations have already been chosen for FY 2000
P2 Assessment Update and Performance Bases Incentives - Lisa Burns
Lisa reported that the Rocky Flats P2 Assessment Draft Report was issued in
December and is being reviewed by the site. Comments will be addressed and the
final report issued within the next several months. Carol Patnoe
(Kaiser-Hill�s P2 Program Manager at Rocky Flats) discussed the hopes of a
possible pilot project on the NoChar Petrobond Absorbent Polymer Treatment
(identified in the P2 assessment report) for TRU-contaminated oils. Mound has
successfully solidified tritiated oils, but has not tested the treatment on TRU-contaminated
oils which have the potential for hydrogen gas generation. The logistics are
being worked out between RF personnel, Mound, and the Large-scale Technology
Demonstration Program (EM-50). Let Lisa know if you would like to have a copy of
the final Rocky Flats report.
The next P2 assessment will be conducted on the Brookhaven Graphite Research
Reactor (BGRR) decommissioning project on February 23/24. The team has been
assembled and includes DOE, contractor, commercial, and BNL personnel.
The reactor was in operation from 1950 - 1969 when it was deactivated. The
BGRR was used as a science museum from 1977 - 1997. The BGRR was a graphite
moderated, thermal-neutron, air-cooled research reactor. The original fuel was
natural uranium and was changed to enriched uranium fuel-elements in the late
1950s. The power level of the reactor during the enriched fuel-loading was
20MWt. This reactor is a scale-up of Oak Ridge�s X-10 reactor.
The reactor is close to 50 years old and some degradation was found in the
past. The canal facilities (where fuel-elements were shielded, stored, and
prepared for shipment) had all of the radioactive equipment and piping removed
and the contaminated water was pumped out, treated, and disposed. Loose
contamination was also removed from accessible areas. Geo-membranes, soil
grading, and paving of areas has been done in order to alleviate the spread of
contamination. Decommissioning is being done to alleviate any further spread of
Materials and waste management will be one of the focus areas of the P2
assessment as well as segregation issues. Value engineering concepts will also
be integral to the P2 assessment process. Cost/benefit analysis as well as a
decision analysis (using criteria selected by the BGRR project team and
assessment team) will be performed on each opportunity identified.
INEEL has expressed an interest in having a P2 assessment performed in late
April or May of this year. Several potential focus areas are being discussed.
One area may include the disposition of excess industrial building materials and
landfill waste from the Test Area North, contaminated with chemicals, asbestos
and very small amounts of radioactive contamination. A visit will be made within
the next 2 months to decide on an assessment area. An expert team will be
assembled at this time. Lisa will let the Sustainability Support contacts know what the focus
of the assessment will be in order to identify potential team members.
Please let Greg or Lisa know if you are interested in having a P2 assessment
done at your site this FY. A late summer/early fall assessment can still be
Lisa also discussed the solicitation for examples of performance based
incentives and contract language which incorporated P2/WMin into the contract
award fee. The contract examples from across the DOE complex will be collected
and developed into a resource document for sites to use during future ER and
D&D contracting situations. These examples could be from large contract
awards (such as the PBI�s used in the Bechtel Hanford Contract) or Basic
Ordering Agreements. Sites will be asked to provide the name of the contracting
officer, the process for incorporating the P2/WMin incentive/language, and the
This activity was one of the opportunities identified during the P2
conference Focus Track Sessions as a way to insure P2/WMin is included in all ER
and D&D project executions.
Sustainability Support Success Stories - Greg McBrien (301-903-1385) firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg discussed the need to update and expand the 1995/1996 Case Study
Database. The success stories/lessons learned have been a good reference for
many project managers and project teams during the last 4 years. New case
studies need to be documented and added to the database to expand the
information and establish an on-going reference library for use during project
planning activities. These success stories/case studies will be posted on the P2
in ER Web site.
Over the next several months, you will be asked to solicit success stories
from your site from project managers and other personnel. Projects where primary
waste volumes were reduced and/or recycled/reused and secondary wastes were
reduced or eliminated should be identified for documentation. Project-specific
cost savings and cost avoidance should be collected and verified as well.
Michael Kristich suggested that Sustainability Support personnel go to the Technology
Information Exchange (TIE) Workshop site and respond to a very short survey on
the usefullness of information exchange workshops.
Thanks for participating in the conference call. The minutes will be
available on the Sustainability Support Web site at www.em.doe.gov/er
We will schedule another call in March.
Kent Hancock; EM-22
John Lum; EM-22
Greg McBrien; EM-22
Antanas Bindokas; DOE CH
Norine Brockman; DOE CH
Ana Gonzalez; DOE ORO
Anna Beard; DOE RL
Harish Sharma; DOE AL
Jamie Zeisloft; DOE RL
Carol Shelton; DOE Nevada
Tim Caulfield; DOE SRS
Lisa Allmon-Burns; IT Corp.
Courtney Manrod; Bechtel-Jacobs Oak Ridge
Alisa Rhodes; Fernald
Doug DuVon; Bechtel Hanford
Pete Segall; Hanford
Mitch Newman; Portsmouth Wastren
Chris Ischay; B&W Idaho
Cindy Dutro; IT Las Vegas
Jack Mizner; IT Sandia
Carol Patnoe; Kaiser Hill Rocky Flats
Tamar Krantz; Rocky Flats
Dave Jankee; INEEL
John Griffin; INEEL
Dave Brown; Kansas City Plant
Michael Kristich; EMS
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